What We Believe
We try not to be dogmatic about matters on which believers hold divergent views. Our core beliefs are centered in Christ and His message as supported by Scripture. More obscure doctrine, as well as controversial issues about which the Bible is silent, are left to believers to sort out on their own. On these issues we take no official/dogmatic position.
God: We believe that there is one God eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1; Matthew 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
Jesus: We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son who as Savior of the world died for our sins and rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-8).
Holy Spirit: We believe in the Holy Spirit who convicts the world in regard to sin, righteousness and judgment, and who at the point of salvation indwells every believer and equips them for personal growth and service to the church (John 16:8-9; Acts 2:38; Eph. 1:13-14).
Man: We believe that man, created by God, willfully sinned and as a result, is lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ (Romans 3:23, 6:23; Acts 4:12).
Salvation: We believe that salvation - the forgiveness of sins - is available only by the grace of God through the blood of Jesus Christ. This free gift of salvation is offered to all who receive Christ as Lord and Savior (Ephesians 2:8-9; Colossians 2:6; John 3:16). We believe the Bible clearly teaches the pattern to receive Christ is to believe in Jesus as God's Son and Savior of the world, repent of personal sin, confess Christ publicly, and to be *baptized (Romans 10:9; Acts 2:36-38, Mark 16:16).
Church: We believe that the Church is the body and bride of Christ on earth, founded on the Day of Pentecost, consisting of all Christians everywhere (Matt.16:13-18; Acts 2:14-47). The church is not limited to any institution or denomination, we at NDCC understand that we are not the only Christians but we are Christians only and a part of the total church world wide (1Cor 12:12-17; Eph 4:4-6).
Eternity: We believe that death seals the eternal destiny of each person. When Christ returns he will pronounce the eternal fate of each individual, both living and dead - the saved to eternal life in heaven, the unsaved to eternal separation from God in Hell (John 5:28-29; Daniel 12:2; 2 Corinthians 4:14).
*We believe that full immersion under water is the prescribed mode of baptism as indicated by Jesus' own example, command, and the meaning of the original Greek word "baptizo" = to immerse, dip, or dunk (Mark 1:9-10; Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4).